The Giants will have its big free-agent additions-six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall and veteran tight end Rhett Ellison hit the field for them on Sunday.
The only thing they didn't do well enough was record touchdowns in the red zone. If the offensive line does not improve, this will be an extremely long year for the Giants.
For a defense that was being touted as being elite, those aren't ideal numbers.
The Giants had a almost 10-minute drive to start the second half but settled for Aldrick Rosas' 25-yard field goal after a second-down sack of Manning, Dallas' third of the game and the first of Charles Tapper's career. "All the preseason games were important, of course, but we're all building for September 10". It was a matchup of the Giants vs Cowboys which each of the past games had been an exciting affair, so I was ready to watch a good match. It would be detrimental to the New York Giants if one of the top receivers in the league will not suit up for your team.
Sunday's other results: Arizona Cardinals 23-35 Detroit Lions; Philadelphia Eagles 30-17 Washington; Atlanta Falcons 23-17 Chicago Bears; Jacksonville Jaguars 29-7 Houston Texans; New York Jets 12-21 Buffalo Bills; Oakland Raiders 26-16 Tennessee Titans; Baltimore Ravens 20-0 Cincinnati Bengals; Pittsburgh Steelers 21-18 Cleveland Browns; Indianapolis Colts 9-26 Los Angeles Rams; Carolina Panthers 23-3 San Francisco 49ers.
Keep in mind that the last two drafts, the Giants failed to take an offensive lineman until the later rounds of this past NFL Draft. Dak went 24-39 for 268 yards and one touchdown and zero interceptions. General manager Jerry Reese took a leap of faith in keeping the exact same line combo of Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, John Jerry and Bobby Hart, but after four quarters of football, it appears nothing has changed. "I've kind of just stopped worrying about it, because it's really not in my hands at this point", Elliott said. But Dak improved from last season with different audibles, which kept the Giants defense off balance and led the Cowboys up and down the field easily.
While star players like Beckham hate missing time on the field, his absence might have been worth millions to him in his next contract with the Giants.
"You try and get better each and every day", Beckham said Wednesday.
"Obviously he's a tremendous player, but we have players and we have to play better than that", quarterback Eli Manning said.
Odell Beckham Jr. missed the game due to the ankle injury he suffered during the preseason. Instead they went three-and-out for the third time in their first five possessions, eating up just 22 seconds of clock. But the play calling and routes for Marshall didn't help the Giants move the sticks. They were outplayed in nearly all aspects of the game.